Conference Agenda

Panel 103: Redrawing the lines of how and what we teach in EU Studies? Textbooks, Brexit and Covid19
Monday, 06/Sept/2021:
9:30am - 11:00am

Session Chair: Viviane Gravey, Queen's University Belfast


Redrawing the lines of how and what we teach in EU Studies? Textbooks, Brexit and Covid19.

Chair(s): Viviane Gravey (Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom)

Presenter(s): Michelle Cini (Bristol University), Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan (Bristol University), Sylvia de Mars (Newcastle University), Charlotte Burns (Sheffield University)

Textbooks remain a cornerstone of teaching and learning the EU – each textbook offers a different vision of the field and of what students of EU law, politics or IR really need to know, with subsequent editions re-drawing the lines of what is in this core knowledge and what is out. In recent years a key challenge for textbook editors has been Brexit – to what extent should Brexit be accommodated in EU textbooks, left-out, or deserving of its own, distinct, teaching materials? Textbooks are not only evolving in terms of content, but format: with online updates, teaching resources and the push to full online versions of textbooks, accessed as part of a varied collection of subject-specific ebooks during the Pandemic.

This roundtable brings together editors of major politics and law textbooks to discuss, amongst others, the following issues:

- Should Brexit and EU studies be taught alongside, or separately? What does this mean for textbook design?

- How is the move to online resources, and ebook collections, challenging the use of textbooks in the classroom?

- Are there disciplinary differences between Politics, Law and IR in tackling these challenges? Or between countries?